Welcome to Thursley Village Hall

item1Thursley Village Hall is a beautiful Victorian school building in the heart of Thursley, just off the A3 close to the Hindhead Tunnel. It provides one of the best community facilities in the area - and it loves to be used!

With a large Main hall and separate smaller North hall, fully equipped kitchen and spacious lawned garden to the rear which backs onto Thursley National Nature Reserve, the Hall is a great venue available to hire for events from wedding receptions (with space for erecting a marquee in the garden) to Brownies/Cub Scouts sleepover weekends and all points inbetween.

Everyone is welcome!

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Upcoming

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Sunday 1st December 6:00pm
The 39 Steps

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Following the success of their award winning play, Bully Beef & Whizzbangs, BlackBox return with an exciting new adaptation of John Buchan’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps.

Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Richard Hannay is on the run. Following clues left to him in a little black book by a mysterious American gentleman, he must uncover the secrets of the 39 Steps, prove his innocence and save Britain from the forces of evil!!

Tickets in advance from Clea on cleab@me.com or 07711 183959. Ticket price: £11 for adults/£8 for kids/students.

Sunday 15th December 3:30pm
Children's Christmas Party.

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Thank you for all your support - these events are only a success because of your presence!

News

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The National Lottery Fund has awarded us £10,000 towards our final stage of roof renovations and double glazing the windows! This is great news and comes after lots of hard work from Andrea, our fundraising guru. There were a lot of hoops to jump through to secure this funding, and it’s a great result for us. Well done, team!

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The Village Hall flat will soon be available for new tenants - we think from 1st January. It’s been recently redecorated, and is an extremely spacious two-bedroom flat with separate kitchen. The rent is £875pcm, which is very reasonable for this area. Please contact Clea (01252 703913 or 07711 183959 or cleab@me.com) if you know anyone who might be interested.

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Once again, our wonderful Hall Manager has been poached with a better job offer. Grateful thanks to Clare Norris for all her support and help over the last few months. If you know of anyone with excellent admin skills who would like to get involved in the local community by doing a few hours’ paid work a week running the Hall bookings, answering enquiries, doing show-rounds and liaising with the nursery, the committee, the gardener and the cleaner, please ask them to get in touch as soon as possible with Clea Beechey on 07711 183959 - thank you!

Recent Events

We are in the midst of a flurry of community events at the Hall - we’ve barely time to take a breath before the next one is upon us! The second Rock the Roof event, which took place at the pub, was a huge success, and showcased some fantastic youthful local talent as well as seasoned musicians from the area, headlined by Da Bees Neez, with our own church organist, Rob Goldfinch, on accordion. Huge thanks to Michelle and Daniel, who donated their time (from 2am on the day of the event!) and the hog roast to give an enormous boost to the renovation fund. Thanks to everyone who participated and worked so hard, and of course to Simon Hall for organising it! Watch this space for Rock the Roof 3!

Someone is looking down on us at the Village Hall in terms of weather - despite the usual general misery of an English late summer/early autumn, we have been so lucky to have avoided rain at all these events! Next was the second Thursley Common Dog Trail, where dozens of walkers struck out on three different trails around our beautiful common, some with dogs and some without. Then it was back to the Hall for a cuppa and a slice of homemade cake at our pop-up cafe. Grateful thanks to Julie Langley for her masterful organisational skills!

Next we held our annual Quiz, with a change of quizmaster this year - a big thank you to Neil Denyer and his able assistant Robin for giving up their time and extensive quizzing expertise, and to Sinclair’s in Milford for being so speedily efficient with our delicious fish and chips! The winners took home the Thor Trophy. Well done!

Hot on the heels of the Quiz came the Scarecrow Trail with its Baddies from Books theme. Charlotte Laycock and Clare Norris put on a spectacular event, drawing 100s of people into the village to look at all the wonderful scarecrows. The cafe workers were literally run off their feet and by the end of the day we had sold every homemade biscuit and cake our band of bakers had provided us with. A whopping £1400 was raised for the renovations fund!

Just a couple of weeks later was the Christmas Fair, with lots of stalls including a huge amount of home produce provided by our many supporters - hopefully many of you will have got Christmas pretty much sorted now!

Our next event is The 39 Steps on 1st December - it’s getting quite booked up, so hurry to reserve your ticket now.

After that comes the Village Children’s Christmas Party, then a well-earned rest over the festive season. Happy Christmas and Happy New Year!

Building Plans

Our future plans are progressing well: we’ve had a comprehensive survey of the entire site done; we’ve had architects’ plans of the proposed extension and internal alterations drawn up (currently being tweaked to incorporate various suggestions); and we’ve had a pre-planning meeting with Waverley Borough Council who were happy with the plans. After the drawings have been finalised, we plan to hold an open day one weekend at the Hall to show anyone who’s interested the plans before finally submitting them for planning approval. Watch this space!

Just to reiterate for anyone who’s missed the aim of the alterations, in a nutshell, we’re planning to enable the two parts of the Hall to be used separately at the same time so that the Nursery can keep going every weekday AND the North Hall can be used by other people at the same time; to improve the kitchen area so that in the week both “sides” of the Hall (Nursery and North) can use their own separated side of kitchen, while at other times the kitchen can be used as a much bigger and more usable whole space; and to add another shed’s worth of outside storage space.

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Please take a quick look at our village hall Facebook page. Make sure to like and follow us (please!) so you don’t miss any village hall news.

And as always, please contact us if you’d like to get involved in any way with the Hall - everyone and their opinions welcome!